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Grateful Dead Live at The Centrum on 1987-04-03


Topics Live concert


Hell In A Bucket, Sugaree, CC Rider, It Must Have Been The Roses, It's All Over Now, Big Railroad Blues, Let It Grow-> Don't Ease Me In China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> Women Are Smarter-> Crazy Fingers-> Samson & Delilah-> Drums-> Space-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Th


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Centrum
Location Worcester, MA

Source Recording Info: Sennheiser ME80 -> Master Cassette -> Dat(44.1k) -> ZA2 -> SHN

Notes

Recording Info: Sennheiser ME80 -> Master Cassette -> Dat(44.1k) -> ZA2 -> SHN

Reviews

Reviewer: ItsalrightILuvUthatsnotgonnachange - - July 29, 2015
Subject: A Moment of Reflection
Wish people (Donna Sucks) weren't so selfish about the music. I'm happy to have the opportunity to listen to the Grateful Dead no matter the era. Anyone who thinks otherwise listens to GD for selfish reasons, letting their own experience (i.e., ego) get in the way. Fortunately for us, life isn't about them. So spout your hate filled negativity and I'll keep smiling, because I know I'm after a specific mindset when I listen to GD -- even when they play in 2015.
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - - July 20, 2015
Subject: " Shine your shoes...light the fuse"
The spring of 1987 was a very special and grateful time for all involved in the love affair with the GD.

Jerry was back and back in a big way. His stage presence and energy in many ways would never be as strong and present as it was on this tour.

He loved being back and his playing, along with the band, exemplifies it magnificently.

No there is no long jams this tour instead you get classic 1980's Garcia powering through songs with gusto and the band hanging on for dear life.

Just listen to All Over Now.

Many folks have given you the details on the music but listening to this show simply transports you back to the time when we all knew we almost lost Jerry and thank goodness we did not as he was far from finishing his musical legacy.

I will note that the Wharf Rat is stunning.

US Blues has Jerry laying down the satire in a big way and you can feel his big ole grin the entire time.
Reviewer: balladofathinman - - April 8, 2015
Subject: happy trails>
Shame on everyone complaining. My favorite years were from '65 to '95 . Nuff said! Luv'd pig, Donna Keith, Brent, Welnick, Hornsby, &Welnick. The rest of the guys just kept floating higher and higher up there. Thank u archive, Thank u for letting me be able to re live these beautiful moments in time. Put a show on and I'm in 7th Heaven just like the dead intended. Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.
Reviewer: lstern62 - - January 24, 2015
Subject: Relax Everyone
Does it matter if someone has seen 400 shows or if this was a persons first show, IDK. Does if matter to any listener that a reviewer thinks the current song being reviewed doesnt stand up the the same song fom yesteryear. probabley not. If this show was so important that another person "got on the bus" then that is a beautiful thing. What's the point of spreading negative shit at the cost of someonelse.
Most importantly, thank you for taking the time to download this show for our listening pleasure. Good Night!
Reviewer: jlglex99 - - December 18, 2014
Subject: Rip Roaring, Shit Kickin', Balls to the Wall Rock 'N Roll
I was present, though perhaps not fully accounted for, at this show.

The term "Smokin'" only begins to describe the power and majesty of the second set of this show.

They sounded Crisp, Tight, DECISIVE and EXPLOSIVE as they roll out the second set to an adoring crowd in Wusstah!

To my way of thinking, Dead shows like this represent the pinnacle of Rock and Roll in America. So much power, energy, and boot stompin' FUN as Jerry and the boys rock and roll their way through the night!
Reviewer: Teedawg - - September 2, 2014
Subject: gimme a break
I saw many shows, well over 300, and to say anything past 1985 was garbage is a load of crap.
I will match anything from the summer of 1989, especially the Alpine Valley run, up against any 3 show run, from anytime.
Even Phil and Bobby said 1989 was there best year ever. on numerous taped interviews. Yes there were some epic shows in the 60's and 70's, but I personally think to say that Brent was a bad vocalist or keyboardist is just ignorant.
Reviewer: DMTrue13 - - August 17, 2014
Subject: whoo hoo!!
not my favorite thats for sure. i enjoyed Crazy Fingers as I always doo. moving on.
Reviewer: DeadReckoning - - August 16, 2014
Subject: Not just another picky Deadhead.....
This show has great energy.....both from the band and audience. I wish I had been there. Jerry's singing and playing sound really good.......one can tell he is feeling fine on this night. Nice set list too.....a lot of songs I always like to hear. One can also hear Brent taking a more prominent role in the mix. He really stepped up in the later years despite his struggles with personal demons.

Its always interesting to read the reviews. Everyone has their story and experience. Opinions are like.........well, you know what I mean. I wasn't around in the early days unfortunately......but I absolutely loved Pigpen, and the energy of the 60's infused their playing on many levels. They were young of course. But I got to say I am deeply grateful for every second of every show I was there for. First show in 1980 and while I reckon I got my share of shows it was never enough. Wish we could turn back the clock and be in that space again. There is nothing out there in these present times that even comes close.

I was fortunate to catch many fine shows all through the 80's & 90's and I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything. So thank you fellow travelers who shared that particular time and space.....you all made it happen. Blessings.

In times forgotten space......
Reviewer: Sagebrush - - May 31, 2014
Subject: Wharf Rat
Incredible version...xxoo
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - April 4, 2014
Subject: --
Fantastic. I like rating shows like this one not in comparison to '69, '68, or '72 epics (and vice versa) but for how the show compares to the rest of that run / year / era. It's a fair way to play. Heads that give one-star ratings to anything beyond, say, '74, mystify me. I think it's more than fair to look at each show on its own terms - in a vacuum, removed from as much context as possible.

So, yeah! The '87 spring tour had some amazing shows. This is one of them. First set is lighting in a bottle. Let It Grow, I mean, hello!?!? And check the way Samson enters and exits - following so perfectly on the heels of Crazy Fingers and into Drums....sublime.

Post-drums is one of those setlists that you could predict and write out, but no matter - it's very well-played. I enjoy when they cut NFA to a standstill instead of letting it drift...
Reviewer: jpos - - March 22, 2014
Subject: Classic late Brent show
Everybody has their opinions, and that's cool; but I love this show. The boys are on fire.
Reviewer: jjg4762 - - December 29, 2013
Subject: These were fun shows
To you in the dark head welcome aboard this is the best band to ever play . That's my thinking anyway. Ignore the ignorance of others here. We were glad you were on tour for the extra cash you brought with you. Agree with comment below, the dead evolved year after year. Who I am to say someone doesn't know what they are talking about because they didn't see shows during my time frame. Anyone who loved the music like we did back then and even today is a head. Kind of like in A A one can really only be a member of AA if they say they are. Not because we appoint. Rather sad to see people on here rip each other because they were not old enough yet to do what we did back in the day. And this comes from some who saw 476 shows in row. Yes 476 Donna
Reviewer: grendelschoice - - December 13, 2013
Subject: You're both wrong
I normally hate wading into internet pissing matches like the one between "Donna Sucked" and "nipg" below here, but as a bona fide Head who saw more than his share of shows from '79 til the end AND has listened extensively to every era and still does I can say with complete confidence that you're both showing ignorance in your hard-line stances (what's new in such cases?) and that the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

To the specifics: For nipg to claim that Garcia was a "vastly" better guitarist post 86 is flat out ridiculous. 1) Garcia himself said that he didn't regain his chops post-coma for several years and that he basically had to re-teach himself how to play. 2) The early 70's era, when he was a young, vibrant, healthy man at the height of his powers and could take his jamming in a million different directions and wasn't zoned out on heroin as he was in the later years reveals itself in so many legendary versions of Dark Star, Other One, Bird song, and other vehicles that it's absurd to claim he was "better" post '86. Go listen to PITB from Ventura 8/27/72 and then tell me he approached anything NEAR that good in that song post- '86. PLEASE.

As for "Donna sucked", I'm sorry you think the touch-heads "ruined" things for "real" fans like you, but a lot of those folks loved the band every bit as much as you did, and while technically Garcia and the other band members may not have been "better" players in the late years, they certainly DID take the songs in new and needed directions that were fresh and better for the times in which they were played. A lot of portions of those versions of The Other One you love so much in the early 70's did suffer from over-indulgence of feedback and noodling nonsense that may look good on paper at 29 minutes long but are vastly improved on as leaner, meaner, more focused vehicles in the 80's and 90's...the songs needed to be stripped down of their more indulgent aspects in those years and they were better for it for those times.

So both of you need to realize you're not speaking for all Heads of ANY generation when you spout such non-toleant nonsense on these reviews. Shows like this one have their moments of pure joy, while they never can in fact reach the overall heights of their counterparts from 15 years previous,

This show is a solid 3 stars, by the way. It'll never replace a June Winterland '77 run show, for example, but it has some fine bright spots. Enjoy it for what it is, and ignore the frothing at the mouth from the rest.
Reviewer: Amor_Fati - - October 15, 2013
Subject: .
five stars for the review below
Reviewer: njpg - - October 15, 2013
Subject: Donna sucked, but not like your attitude.
Hi! I'm a new wave, in the dark, Dead fan, aka idiot. The fascist boundaries which got set up by cultish, judgmental heads like you CREATED the collapse in the social environment around the Grateful Dead in the '90s. There is so much evidence for this that I could write a book of 100 pages without ever using my own opinions about it. By itself, the fact that you have no ear for music at all should show that whatever the act of going to a Dead concert was for you, it was NOT for the music. To demonstrate this, I cite your comment comparing Garcia's skill with the guitar in the '71-'72 era and post-'86 era. While he was very capable in both eras, anyone who knows anything technically about musical skill (and knowing requires LISTENING) will tell you that Garcia was VASTLY better on guitar post-'86. Subjective preferences about the length of the shows and other qualities are maybe another matter, but since your perceptions are already in question...

The worst thing that ever happened to the Grateful Dead as a musical experience was the objectification of a surrounding "family" or "community", which is a thing in space that a) is an object, b) has an inside smaller than its outside, and therefore c) exists primarily for the purposes of exclusion.

Listening to music is not a community. It is a collective activity. You shouldn't have to be any kind of person to be able to listen to tunes. Collective activities are open and inclusive and judge no one. Communities are conservative, reactionary and fascist, like your comments. Seriously, go read some books about people who used to talk like you in Germany in the 1930s.

And now the show: Only heard the first set so far, but it's actually a scorcher, and I like this recording best out of all the others currently available, by a pretty narrow margin. But listen for yourself and don't try to be a Deadhead. It's a shame about them. So mellow, yet so weirdly uptight. It was possible to go see a show without letting them ruin the experience, but not easy.

PS: yeah, the second set rocks also. More about the recording: very clear and tone-rich. On headphones it sounds like you're there.
Reviewer: Donna_Sucked and We All Know It - - September 17, 2013
Subject: DOnt Even Bother..
This show is garbage..I saw well over 300 shows and I gotta tell you, after seeing them blow minds at the shows I attended from '72-'74, and after seeing so many phenomenal shows from '79-'85, seeing the band after Jerry's coma in '86 was very, very hard to take. The shows were so bad. Garcia was such a different guitarist. It was sad. I give them a ton of credit for hanging in there. It's a miracle Garcia was able to play at all after July of '86. But seriously, the shows really sucked, too short and they went nowhere. Too many lame Dylan covers, no improv, low energy, a thin sound, silly covers like Hand Jive. The biggest problem was Garcia was never the same after '86. I tried listening to a Bird Song from '87 the other day, I had to turn it off. Garcia did absolutely nothing and the band kept trying to make it sound like they were doing things on stage. It was all fluff and the new wave fans bought it. Us old time real Heads couldn't stand it. The Other One in this show sounds down right stupid. Nothing like the screaming versions of prior years. Also after '86 the crowds became a real big problem, all the new-wave fans from the in the dark era who had no clue what the Dead was about were real idiots. The Centrum shows in '83 and '85 were fantastic, check those out not these lame shows. It is amazing the difference from '85 to '87, just two years later the crowd were a bunch of jerks and the band sucked.
Reviewer: Dave B 1986 - - August 19, 2013
Subject: 4th show, stands up over time
this was my 4th show. Had an absolute blast at the time. As I traded more and more tapes, I think the fairly typical setlist on this one or something let me leave it behind. Hearing it now though, it has lots of energy, like lots of 1987. The use of the word "energy" shouldn't be interpreted as a lack of fine playing -there is plenty all around. Blistering let it grow, strong sugaree, love the china-rider jam and jerry's emotion on the "headlight" verse. Jerry scrubbing his guitar behind bobby's last verse of samson did indeed incite the crowd as mentioned below. THe other one is no 1972 30 minute exploration, but the pscyadelia is still there, nice build in from space.
Reviewer: notreallyhere - - August 19, 2013
Subject: To Those Who Doubt
The "It's All Over Now" must be heard. I love the way they covered this song. And after so many years of evolution this version has the turbo chargers on full speed.
Reviewer: Jamie In The Hills - - August 3, 2013
Subject: Really?
Okay, so I haven't d/l'd this yet, mainly because the set list looks so pedestrian. Even if the quality of the recording is impeccable, does this show really deserve having not just the most d/ls but over 400,000 more votes than number 2, which may or may not be their greatest show.
Reviewer: demora - - February 17, 2013
Subject: First show, parents dropped us off, what an intro
My brother and I were too young to drive to see this show, and so our parents, amazingly enough, drove for 45 minutes, dropped us off at the Centrum, and with a kiss goodbye, left us to experience our first grateful dead show. We hadn't seen anything remotely like it before -- people twirling in the hallways of the arena, the smell of weed wafting in the halls, calls for "gooney birds" and kind people handing out "fresh baked without air" and other assorted stickers. We were hooked. Zack, we later learned, promptly took a hit of acid and vanished, only to re-emerge at the end of the show with one shoe. My brother and I were far more tame, being "good kids", nervous about meeting our parents on time and awed by the majesty of the marvelously energetic swirling dancing circus. The experienced heads next to our seats were concerned we were runaways and offered us a place to stay if we needed one. We assured them our parents would pick us up after the show but asked for help figuring out which song was the encore (so young and inexperienced were we). At the encore, we left, eventually found our parents and Zack (who emerged dazed and covered with stickers) and zoomed home. A great introduction to a lasting passion. Such a first show would likely not happen these days!
Reviewer: mambo magnolia - - September 4, 2012
Subject: Alternative Dead
I miss these guys alot and often regret my distaste for their 1980s shenanigans. This is a good side of the 80s - maybe even their best 80s recording? The only thing I have found close to the Dead since is now represented on the Archive:
http://archive.org/details/TheBalladOfOrsonWells
Reviewer: turok2step - - October 14, 2011
Subject: Awesome
This is the best recording I've found of this show. I wish the taper's name was included so I could find other shows he's taped. Really top class, the gain is super high but never peaks.
Reviewer: robinrunaround - - January 6, 2011
Subject: why it's a good show
I lost interest in the band to some degree in the late 80s, but this show is an example of them at their best in those days. It's the consistent inventive activity and passion and interplay, instrumentally and vocally, that catch my ear. They're obviously present with their playing and present with each other. You hear it immediately with Hell in a bucket, the supporting riffs from all corners. Jerry really nails the hyperdrive section on sugaree, and this relatively brief version just shines. The first 4 songs, set 1, and the latter half of set 2 have multiple portions where Jerry gets going, and occasionally Brent, and the other maties just jump right on board. Listen for that interplay.
Reviewer: pajamas4-20 - - December 21, 2010
Subject: Why is this show so popular?
Dont get me wrong this is a sweet show and it could easly be the best shwo of '87 but why is it one of the most downloaded show on archive. I just dont get it.
Reviewer: guitartlp - - June 16, 2010
Subject: Downloading Mp3s
Hey all! im new to this site and i love it. im only 17 but love the dead and everything they did. But straight to the point, i was wondering if i was to download the entire Mp3 of this show would it download as one mp3 or could i break it up song by song because ive had cd's where you couldnt change from song to song and you miss alot of good content by doing this so if anyone could help what would be the most efficient way to get all individual mp3s as tracks rather than a whole! i havent tried anythjing yet but all help would be really appreciated! THanks!!!
Reviewer: skullme68 - - March 30, 2010
Subject: Ripping to Cd Formats
I'm new to this site & downloading in general, and I was wondering if these files will rip to a standard CD-R? I noticed they say mp3 for the most part & just curious? Thank you for any help you can provide.
Reviewer: koonahnah - - March 4, 2010
Subject: The New Generation
I truly miss these guys and often lament their departure from my life, yes, even despite The Further performances. The music industry rolls on however. For those of you that "Jones" for 'what's next' on the scene, I strongly encourage you to give a listen to Tea Leaf Green right here on Archive. The lyrical abilities and muscianship are right up there with the Dead. This is a huge proclamation, but I feel it deeply. I realize that no band will probably ever surpass these guys, but TLG is a phemonal substitute within a modren context.
Reviewer: mellowfellow - - February 19, 2010
Subject: How to download
Tillthemorningcomes, all you wanna do is look under individual files, under whole item, and click the link on the right to download in your chosen format. I normally click the last of the 4 options, the link that says VBR ZIP for the format and is 179 MB in this case. This will download the songs onto your computer, and from there you'll want to add them to itunes. You can either open itunes and go to file, add music to library, and then go to the shows folder and add each song, or if itunes is set as your default player you can just open that folder and double click each song and it will open up in itunes and begin playing. Hope this helps buddy, I've been a dead head for years but i'm still fairly new to this site as well, so i understand the confusion. But you'll get it. For your first download you've certainly chosen a great show! Hope you enjoy it!
Reviewer: Dr. Bilvis - - February 19, 2010
Subject: Fine, but Maybe not Even the Best of Worcester 87
No doubt this is a terrific show, with inspired, energetic, tight playing all the way through; "China-Rider" and "Crazy Fingers" stand out to me. But this whole tour is excellent, and I'm not even sure this is the best of the three nights in Worcester '87. Check out the night before this and the night after in Worcester. The following night is the last "Comes a Time" until the end of the decade, 12/31/89, and it's a beauty, not to mention a rarity in the late 80s. The first Worcester Show has an outstanding "Scarlet-Fire" and a killer "Black Peter" -- the "Black Peters" on this tour are amazing, as are the "Birdsongs." The two nights at Hartford before Worcester are both outstanding too, maybe the best of the year -- the whole tour rocks. Don't miss the other riches here in Spring '87. They are mostly Auds but good ones.
Reviewer: TiltheMorningComes - - February 18, 2010
Subject: Itunes
Fantastic show for audience recording!
New to Itunes and downloading music. How do I get this to my itunes?
Reviewer: GinsengSullivan - - January 22, 2010
Subject: Gotta love the crack
Gotta love the crack in Jerry's voice on I Know You Rider. Just raw emotion and energy which wasn't always something we got to hear from Jerry. I also really enjoyed the Big Railroad Blues - It sort of sounds like Jerry, Bobby, and Brent are raising to see who can play faster. Very hot show and worth the listen. The boys certainly cooked up some hot shows at the Centrum (even as recently as last year).
Reviewer: davemisstheolddays - - October 8, 2009
Subject: great show
Firt review also. So far the best all-around show of the late 80's that I've found. Great energy. Best Sugaree and Let it Grow. I only wish that I was there. I also agree that Wharf Rat is a new found favorite.
Reviewer: mikestickrock - - September 18, 2009
Subject: good times..
Not my first show, just first review, but hey, better late than never. I remember being there clearly, even now 22 years later! That sense of carefree abandon, the Boys providing the space, time, and creative musical tapestries for a night of serious fun. Hell, I'll say it, they encouraged a sense of brotherhood among all us Heads, (and what band can say they carried any sense of brotherhood for 30 years?). Strangers became friends, rhythm became dance, music became mantra, and thought gave way to surrender, clarity, and understanding. Seriously! Sure, we all went at times to just lose it, or just to dance, but I would guess most DeadHeads can say they had more than a few of those enlightening moments. Yea, it was a big party, but also with the Dead there was such a strong undercurrent of 'hey, let's grow our consciousness while we're together for a short while.'
The show!: Gotta say I loved it from start to finish. Sugaree got everyone groovin' if you weren't already, the place did go nuts. And the rest of the set was awesome, especially Let it Grow. 2nd set was smokin', when they're on every song sounds great! Of course, one of the more vivid memories is Jerry expressing how he wished he was a headlight.. with such power we all got the message! U.S.Blues sent us out into the streets still hopping.
Good times..

Still Grateful
Reviewer: permagrin - - August 1, 2009
Subject: Happy B-Day Jerry
Just listening to shows all day today and this seems like kind of a hidden gem for me. Sound and energy are there.
Reviewer: ala getaway - - June 26, 2009
Subject: '80s Dead could still bring it
Great sound quality on this one. Jerry sounds lively and engaged. Nice MHBTR. Cat>Rider solid as usual, but particularly crisp for the '80s. The beauty of the Grateful Dead is, you can re-discover a song like Wharf Rat, which at one time I took for granted, but now years later, see it as the genius it is.
Reviewer: space_dawg - - May 22, 2009
Subject: great crowd and good recoding
throwing stones> NFA
Reviewer: mid-maine - - April 22, 2009
Subject: solid show, but . . .
. . . doesn't hold a candle to what i heard on sunday night, centrum (now dcu), in the same space. of course, spring tour '87, i was a bit younger, yes.

what will last for the ages? many gd shows, but "the dead," will that last? yeah. just search dcu center, worcester 2009. we missed you, jerry, but it's been a long time!

energy for these shows was hot.
Reviewer: Northbound Train71 - - April 16, 2009
Subject: Thanks Row Jimmy
The Itunes help was appreciated.

Very tight show...blistering China/Rider into a nice rockin Woman Smarter...WOW
Reviewer: jack-a-roe-jimmy - - March 10, 2009
Subject: Reply: IPOD
You can put any of these tracks on your ipod. Download the mp3's you desire and put them in a folder. Open your iTunes, and go 'FIle:Add FOlder', then select the folder you made for the songs. iTunes will import them into your library.
Reviewer: Dead Head 4 Obama - - March 6, 2009
Subject: My Dad was there
...and I'm jamming to it now, 22 years later!

You just gotta love archive!!!

- delaney
* What an incredible show it is, too!
Reviewer: John Bouffard - - November 26, 2008
Subject: IPOD
I was at this show and remember trying to squeeze through a glass door with about 1000 other heads. I was close enough to the door to hear them start playing but people started panicing and pushing forward. Well the glass partition fell. We were all yelling its only Hell In A Bucket so relax!I swear they were playing St Stephen. Oh well I would like to know if its possible to download these sets or even a song or two to an IPOD?
Reviewer: garp6600 - - October 16, 2008
Subject: Jerry in beautiful voice
Jerry is soulfull, in time and one can feel the boys responding. This show is an excellent example of superb Grateful Dead.
Reviewer: dcain - - October 11, 2008
Subject: Lazarus
In 1987 there was still some there there. The China Cat - Rider is a nice example of the speed and power Garcia could still bring. After the "headlight" verse, his fingers seem to be racing ahead of his mind, more of a mad dash than a story, but we'll take it.
Reviewer: TyFenn - - August 29, 2008
Subject: Damn Son!
Get the eff out of Jerry's way on this China/Rider. The mound of sound has got something to prove tonight. Although I was not at this show, I have seen the Dead at the Centrum - great venue.
Reviewer: chewtoy45 - - April 13, 2008
Subject: Need Help Downloading to iPod
I was at this show, and it was fantastic. Especially "Sugaree." I've downloaded it to my iTunes in streaming audio, which doesn't download to my iPod. How can I accomplish this?
Reviewer: UnclePete - - March 29, 2008
Subject: THANK JESUS AND EVERYBODY ELSE!
What a rockin' show and a recording that isn't sonically what SBDs are, but captured the sound and mood of that show perfectly. A great document as well as a rousing good time.
Reviewer: tgdrums - - April 21, 2006
Subject: my senior prom
This was my senior class prom. I remember all the other kids were spending insane money on tuxes, limos, prom tix, dates, etc. They all complained that the prom "sucked". Alot of money and time spent for it to "suck".
Now me on the other hand, I had the best band for a prom I can think of... Killer show! I was a newbie deadhead at this point. I started seeing the Dead in 86. Was at all three of these shows, this was the best one in my opinion. Great subtle, bluesy show and tight all around. Smokin' "All over Now", "Big RR Blues", "Let it Grow" and a sweet "MHBTRoses". Nice tight high energy first set.
This was a smooth "China/Rider" for my first one. Nice humble start to "Women". The "Crazy Fingers" that night practically had me in tears it was so beautiful, and still gets me "all misty -eyed" at times when I wear this tape out. The Samson just emerged without the signature drum intro. The space was unique, almost like they were teetering on a "Spanish Jam" but not, into a stellar "Other One" which had amazing dynamic range from beginning to end. The "Wharf Rat" that night really got me liking that song. Powerful "Throwing Stones" and "NFA". "US Blues" as the encore was the Jerry cherry on top of this proverbial psychadelic sundae. Great show!
Reviewer: utica club - - April 1, 2006
Subject: Non--drum intro to Samson
You can count the number of non-drum-intros to samson on one hand. This is very rarely a tune that is segued into...
Reviewer: Zonker - - September 23, 2005
Subject: Overlooked
This is a good late 80's show. I know it does not compare to early 70's but compared to just about anyone else in the 80's this is great stuff.

Sugaree soars and Let Grow is good to hear in the middle and not ending a set with a nice kick into Dough knees.

The second set cranks open witha stellar China cat transition to Rider. good stuff. Crazy Fingers is very pretty and from space on is very good.
Reviewer: jboyaquar - - June 3, 2005
Subject: A worthy addition to anyone's late 80s canon
1st Set: The tape cuts into the opening chord of "Hell." It's strong but not as overwhelmingly so as the version from the Spectrum. "Sugaree," however, is fabulous. I equate it to a lady's swaying, well-shaped muscular thigh. "CC" charges into your heart. "Roses" is decent, but strains to sound achingly pretty. 'Hell' made this crowd rowdy, and the Dead now respond with a version of "All Over Now" that's skippy, (pumped M hammond @ bridge) but is a step behind the coherent infuriated force that would overwhelm the expectant crowd. Surprisingly, the tone is kept speedy with a bristling, if not cleanly crisp, "Big Railroad." "Let it Grow" starts off powerfully urgent and continues to Electrify. "Ease" caps this solid opening set nicely.

Set Two: Whoooh, does "China" heat up, or what?! It does settle for a rolling power groove, but if Garcia would have kept going higher with those ? chords, I might of... YES to "Rider" too and I'm jumping and strutting..."Man Smart" keeps the place moving and the smiles beaming. "Crazy" is the requisite ballad, and is well-performed, but will Not be remembered. It gently leads to a Friday edition of religion. "Samson" is keenly played as well, Jerry having some fun with some extra superfulous strumming to egg the crowd on. "Drums" & "Space" are both abbreviated... tho it leads to a mildly chaotic yet always dynamic "OO." "Wharf" attracted my sympathies... it's been a full force gig, therefore-sympathy is deserving for such a hard-fought yet fruitless tale of one of life's losers. Anyways, "Throwing" is a blockbuster...passionately rendered, (if the groove during the buildup is not as primitive as others.) "NFA" is decent, but we all know the show's climax was "Throwing." And our encore is your basic enjoyable throwaway, 'US Blues'
Reviewer: saintocircmstance - - July 15, 2004
Subject: nice show
good energy. Great Jerry scrub on the sugaree...place goes nuts. Phat let it grow. Jerry belts out don't ease. Great bridge between china cat and Rider. Samson > drums has some heavy beats kickin'. Nutty other one...lots of energy. Blistering throwin stones> NFA. Solid show. Anyone have an upgraded source?
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